How to improve the performance of your boiler and save some money in winter

As is well known, the installation of a boiler is one of the most common and traditional ways of provide hot water and heating to a home. It is true that over the years, many people have been replacing this device with other more modern and with different benefits, because older boilers were quite polluting and very unsafe. We are talking about DHW systems, electric water heaters or gas heaters.

However, boilers continue to triumph in some parts of Spain, especially after welcoming newer models that finally include a multitude of benefits for consumers. In this sense,how many types are there currently?

  • Electrical. As its name suggests, it uses electrical energy and a technological system that allows to regulate the power, save some money and improve its energy efficiency. And most importantly, it dispenses with combustion and gas.
  • Of gas. Some Spanish homes still have this device in their home, as it was the most used for many decades. In turn, this boiler is divided into butane gas, propane gas or natural gas, the latter being the most ecological and cheap.
  • Biomass. If you are concerned about the environment, this boiler model may interest you because it uses vegetable fuels to function, which means that it does not produce greenhouse gases or require fossil fuels and pollutants.
  • Diesel. Its main characteristic is that you must store the diesel yourself to always keep the boiler active, so your home must have enough space for said fuel. However, it is one of the options that heats up faster and, according to experts, its maintenance is very simple.
How to improve boiler performance

In addition to this classification, which is mainly based on the type of fuel used, boilers also they can be heating only, when they only increase the temperature of the water that then flows through the radiators, or mixed, a system that combines both functions: to heat the sanitary water and, at the same time, that contained in the radiators, saving space and money.

As we have seen throughout this article, one of the most important aspects for consumers is the money they spend for the use of the boiler, something that is not only influenced by the system you have installed at home or its mode of operation, you are also part of this equation. Under this premise, how can you improve the performance of your boiler and save on its consumption?

Basic tips

If you want the amount of your bill to be reduced considerably in the coming months, you should start by changing your most basic consumption habits. Even if you think it does not influence, small details such as reduce shower time, turn off the tap when you are soaping yourself, brush your teeth with cold water or let the water run only when you clear the dishes in the sink are some examples of this.

Upgrade the system

The boiler is one of the most consuming appliances in a house, so it is very important that you update the system from time to time so that it does not become obsolete and uses more energy. Therefore, if yours is many years old, do not hesitate to check the status of the various sockets (gas, electrical network, water inlet and outlet …), from thermostat or thermostatic valves. If, for whatever reason, the technician helping you recommends changing the entire installation, something that is very expensive, take advantage and choose one with Energy Efficiency labeling.

How to get the most out of your boiler

Pressure and temperature

According to several experts, the pressure of the water used by the boiler must be around 1.2 bar, with a margin of +/- 25%. To measure it, you just have to look at the pressure gauge that usually include this type of apparatus, since the pressure varies depending on the time of day or the use you make of it. This measure not only supposes responsible consumption, it also indicates the absence of faults.

Regarding temperature, Cointra (@cointraesp), a company specialized in this type of device, ensures that the optimum temperature range it will depend on the type of boiler that you have installed in your house. “If the boiler is condensing, the appropriate temperature is usually 55-60ºC. If it also produces DHW, it also regulates the temperature at which you want the hot water to come out of the taps: if it is an instantaneous mixed wall boiler, the temperature must be between 40-50ºC and if it is a boiler with a built-in tank or with an external tank, between 55 and 60ºC“.

Close the radiators that you do not use

In larger homes or when using other heating systems, some radiators are most likely not working at full capacity. If this is so, remember to close them well, otherwise, continue to consume energy without being necessary. For example, if no one is going to sleep in the guest room for the next few months, turn off the radiator in that room, as it is absurd that it always remains hot if no one enters.